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ERIC Number: ED414252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-29
Pages: 17
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Literacy Assessment with the "Literacy Profile."
Berghoff, Beth
This paper discusses the rationale for designing better literacy assessment for elementary school children. The "Literacy Profile" is a literacy assessment procedure designed to collect data about groups of elementary students and track literacy development more effectively than current standardized tests. It assumes that literacy assessment must: (1) be based on competence, (2) reflect what is known about literacy, and (3) foster new and different discussions about supporting learners by providing new ways to examine children's literate behaviors. To complete a Literacy Profile, children peruse collections of books, then select one to read (rather than reading contrived passages written for testing). Research on the Literacy Profile involved 55 elementary students and college students who were tutoring them. The college students administered the reading interview to each child. The activity provided insight into their understanding of reading. Next, the children selected books to read aloud onto audiotapes. The children also retold each story and wrote and drew about the books. The college students recorded and analyzed each reader's miscues. Miscue analysis and retelling scores were used to report the extent to which readers were effective and efficient. Results suggest the Literacy Profile is more authentic than standardized testing because children receive help selecting books that interest them (unlike in standardized testing which makes no allowances for developmental differences or personal preferences). (Contains 44 references). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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